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Collecting rare books and autographs of American Presidents

If you love American history, you may find a particular joy in collecting rare books related to the nation’s presidents. For many, the presidency holds an exceptional fascination as a glimpse into American history through the lens of leadership.
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1862 NAVAL APPOINTMENT SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. Washington, DC, February 6, 1862.

Fine Lincoln document signed as President, appointing Charles H. Eldredge as Paymaster to the Navy during the Civil War, countersigned by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, with fragile embossed paper seal present. $17,000.


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FIRST EDITION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS’ ORATION ON LAFAYETTE, 1835, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY ADAMS

ADAMS, John Quincy. Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Washington, 1835.

First edition of Adams’ stirring Oration honoring Lafayette following his death at the age of 78, delivered by Adams before Congress on December 31, 1834, inscribed on tipped-in leaf (as always), “Thomas K. Davis from John Quincy Adams.” In the original presentation binding boards. $16,500.


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TRUMAN’S 1951 ADDRESS, INSCRIBED BY HIM, A RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY, ONE OF ONLY 60 COPIES

(TRUMAN, Harry). Address of the President at the Opening of the Conference. Washington, Christmas 1951.

Special limited first edition, number 13 of only 60 copies, with the text from Truman’s speech at the Japanese Peace Conference, printed for President Truman at Christmas 1951, an exceptional presentation/association copy warmly inscribed in the month of publication, “To Hon. Maurice J. Tobin, with best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Harry Truman, Dec. 25, 1951.” Recipient Tobin, Truman's Secretary of Labor and a powerful supporter of his administration, was credited by Truman as key to his victory in the close 1948 election, $16,000.


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